Know Your Dance Move: "The Carlton"

August 22, 2015

You all know the move:

The classic “Carlton” happy-dance from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is one of the most iconic bits of TV choreo ever. But where did it come from? Who thought of this revolutionary waving-of-the-arms bit and realized, this will go down in dance history?

Turns out, Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton on the show (and also won Dancing with the Stars, partnered by Witney Carson!), was the mastermind behind the move! He told Variety: “‘The Carlton Dance’ was created when it said in the script: ‘Carlton dances.’ It was never even intended to be funny; it was just that he was dancing.” There you have it, people. Sometimes a little spontaneity goes a long way.